Priory Dental Practice

Priory Dental Practice

38 Bromham Road, Bedford,

Bedfordshire, MK40 2QD


General Dentistry at Priory Dental Practice

Your Family NHS Dentist in Bedford

At Priory Dental Practice we provide general dental services for both new and existing patients.

Our focus is on prevention rather than treatment wherever possible. We always recommend regular check-ups

which is vital in helping you keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Many dental problems are hidden and can go on to cause more serious conditions if they go undetected. If treatment is required, we will advise you accordingly and then can carry out the most appropriate course of action using the latest equipment and techniques here at the practice.

Our team of experienced dentists will make sure your visit is as comfortable as possible.


NHS dental charges 2019/20 at Priory Dental Practice

A guide to NHS dental charges

Currently we are accepting new NHS patients. This will be for a limited time so please call to make an appointment to secure your place.

Band Cost
Band 1: Covers an examination, diagnosis and advice. If necessary, it also includes X-rays, a scale and polish and planning for further treatment. £22.70
Band 2: Covers all treatment covered by Band 1, plus additional treatment, such as fillings, root canal treatment and removing teeth (extractions). £62.10
Band 3: Covers all treatment covered by Bands 1 and 2, plus more complex procedures, such as crowns, dentures and bridges. £256.50
Emergency: This covers emergency care in a primary care NHS dental practice such as pain relief or a temporary filling. £22.70

Who is entitled to free NHS dental treatment in England?

You don't have to pay for NHS dental treatment if you're:

  • Under 18, or under 19 and in full-time education
  • Pregnant or have had a baby in the previous 12 months
  • Being treated in an NHS hospital and your treatment is carried out by the hospital dentist (but you may have to pay for any dentures or bridges)
  • Receiving low income benefits, or you're under 20 and a dependant of someone receiving low income benefits

Low income benefits

You're entitled to free NHS dental treatment if you or your spouse (including civil partner) receive:

  • Income Support
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance
  • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance
  • Pension Credit Guarantee Credit
  • Universal Credit (in certain circumstances)

Certificates to help with health costs

You can receive free NHS dental treatment if you're entitled to or named on:

  • A valid NHS tax credit exemption certificate
  • A valid HC2 certificate – which is available for people on a low income

People named on an NHS certificate for partial help with health costs (HC3) may also get help.

You'll be asked to show your dentist written proof that you don't have to pay for all or part of your NHS treatment at every visit.

You'll also be asked to sign a form to confirm that you don't have to pay and if incorrect or invalid information is supplied to the practice we cannot be held responsible for any fines to you from the NHS.

Dental Emergencies

At Priory we are one of the only practices in Bedford that has a walk in emergency session every day Monday to Friday between 8.30am to 9.00am.

These sessions operate on a first come first serve basis and are open to patients who have attended for regular check ups at least once a year. If for whatever reason you are unable to attend these sessions, please contact our friendly reception team who will try to find an appointment for you as a sit and wait patient during our working day.

Please be aware that there is no guarantee that you will be offered an appointment on that day, however we will try our best to fit you in as soon as possible.

An emergency does not always have to involve pain or a broken tooth. Sometimes it could just be a concern about a dental issue. Unless exempt from NHS charges, a standard fee of £22.70 will be payable for this service.

If you're asked to come back for further treatment, this will be considered to be a separate course of non-urgent treatment and you will be expected to pay the relevant charge for the new course of treatment.

For more information on NHS Dental charges